Excellent antique set of Prussian pattern cards made by Vereinigte Stralsunder Spielkarten Fabrik AG c.1885. The Ace of Hearts has the “old eagle.” This pattern features scenic designs on the pip cards in addition to distinctive court card designs.
The deck is complete with 32 cards. The cards are long and slightly thin, measuring 100mm x 57mm. They come in the original box.
The cards are in excellent used condition. If you look at the box there is a curved portion at the top – shaped like a half circle. Two of the cards – the Bells Ace and the Heart Under -- have slight discoloration at one end, and I think it is from exposure to the elements where the box is cut away. The box has no top, although I am not sure it ever had one. There is a slight piece missing at the top of one of the side panels. Otherwise, it is in very good condition, especially considering the deck is about 130 years old.
Reference: Keller, The Cary Collection of Playing Cards, Germany 228
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